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SCHOLARSHIP
1989 NAT IONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
2 9 5
S
arah
and
J
ulius
K
ushner
M
emorial
A
ward
,
presented
by
Dr. Louis Feldman.
Kabbalah, New Perspectives,
by Moshe Idel (Yale University Press)
In the past decade, Moshe Idel has emerged as one o f the
leading students o f Jewish mysticism. In his many publications
and lectures both in Jerusalem and New York he has presented
new perspectives on the Kabbalah to a variety o f audiences.
Though a student o f Gershom Scholem, he has stressed phe­
nomenological and comparative aspects o f Jewish mysticism.
Kabbalah: New Perspectives
is the most impressive o f Moshe Idel’s
studies in English on various aspects o f the Kabbalah. The schol­
arly approach o f this volume turns the study o f Kabbalah in
new directions and sets the agenda for future research as did
Scholem’s
Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism
in 1941.
VISUAL ARTS
L
eon
L. G
ildesgame
M
emorial
A
ward
,
presented by Esther
Nussbaum.
A Sign and a Witness: 2000 Years of Hebrew Books and Illuminated
Manuscripts,
edited by Dr. Leonard Gold (The New York Public
Library/Oxford University Press)
The companion volume to the exhibition at the New York
Public Library,
A Sign and a Witness: 2000 Years of Hebrew Books
and Illuminated Manuscripts,
is a lasting testament as well as an
elucidation o f the treasures that were on display from mid-
October 1988 to January 1989. The historical background o f
the Dead Sea Scrolls, details o f the writing and decoration o f
Hebrew manuscripts, and the development o f printing o f He­
brew books through modern times, are among the subjects o f
essays by eminent scholars. Attention to the quality o f repro­
ductions which accompany the essays is also evident, so that
the illustrations are a visual delight and an important resource.
The book is a tribute to Dr. Leonard Gold, curator o f the ex­
hibition and editor o f
A Sign and a Witness.